Buckeye Newsstand, June 18

Take a look at the best stories that weren't done by us. Come along as we take a trip around the 'net for all the Ohio State news that you can handle.

Friday, June 18
We had the first story late Wednesday night about Tyler Moeller being cleared to return to the football field; here's an update from the Dispatch that talks to Tyler and also mentions the commitment of Devin Smith.

The Dispatch's Bob Hunter also has a blog entry on his hopes to save one of OSU legend Chic Harley's childhood homes.

Smith's commitment to Ohio State made news; here's the take of his local paper, the Canton Repository.

Yesterday we noted Sam Marder was named Ohio State's Female Athlete of the Year. Hours later, Evan Turner was tabbed on the men's side. Meanwhile, one paper in the Philadelphia area says the 76ers are still looking at the OSU star for the No. 2 pick, and the Philadelphia Inquirer says Turner likes the city of Brotherly Love as well.

The media got its first chance to meet new baseball coach Greg Beals yesterday. We had coverage here on BuckeyeSports.com, but there's also takes from The Dispatch, The O-Zone and Beals' hometown newspaper in Springfield. The News Sun also has this note about Beals' local ties, including one to former OSU and major league pitcher Dave Burba

Thursday, June 17
Not as much news on the Buckeye front as the past few days, but here's what's going on in Ohio State country.

The Associated Press checked in Wednesday afternoon with this look at Buckeye football schedules in future years. Ohio State has some holes to fill in the nonconference portion of the slate in coming seasons, though it's heavily rumored that the 2011 opening will be a game against Bowling Green.

AP writer Rusty Miller was prolific yesterday, also writing this piece on how the Big Ten power brokers anticipate changing the league schedule after expansion.

As the Big 33 game nears this weekend, the Warren Tribune Chronicle has some coverage, including this short piece on OSU commit J.T. Moore. (The paper also gives us at Scout a shout out, even if they got the website name slightly wrong.)

The Dispatch checks in with its first word on Ohio State's hiring of baseball coach Greg Beals, though all of us await Beals' first press conference this afternoon.

Speaking of OSU baseball, this is a few days old, but the St. Paul Pioneer Press posted an enlightening conversation with former Buckeye ace pitcher and first-round Minnesota Twins draft pick Alex Wimmers.

Ohio State announced its Female Athlete of the Year yesterday in softball player Sam Marder, the first three-time All-American in school history. Here's the Buckeye release on Marder.She's now up for the Big Ten Suzy Favor Athlete of the year honor, which is to be released next week.

Wednesday, June 15
This morning's Buckeye Newsstand compiled as I watch one-time Buckeye soccer player Roger Espinoza suiting up for the Honduras national team in the World Cup match vs. Chile.

Conference realignment continues to be the word of the day, at least in the Dispatch, where columnist Michael Arace looks at the whole situation and comes to some conclusions. The Big D also turned some wire reports into this story on the Big 12 holding itself together for the time being, thus perhaps delaying any other Big Ten moves.

Moving into the blogosphere, the enjoyable Eleven Warriors site tries to figure out what expansion could mean in regards to a future conference championship game. Jason is right, it might be too early to presume the league will stop at 12, but he goes ahead and does the work anyway in this interesting piece.

Interesting story in the Washington Post, which says Buckeye star basketball player Evan Turner isn't even meeting with the Wizards, who hold the first pick in the 2010 NBA draft this month. The WaPo has the details here.

Not an Ohio State story, per se, but it will have a big impact on the Buckeye cagers over the coming years, and many OSU fans are Cavs fans as well – MSU basketball head coach said no to the Cleveland pro franchise last night. He had been offered the coaching job last week and spent the last few days considering the move. Cleveland's Plain Dealer has the details.

Tuesday, June 15
Your usual steward of the Buckeye Interwebs, Matthew Hager, is enjoying a vacation with his lovely bride, so this week's version of the Buckeye Newsstand is brought to you through the power of World Cup soccer, which has dragged Jeff out of bed in the early mornings.

First, here's your daily dose of expansion talk. Texas says it's going to stay in the Big 12 – for now – prompting the Columbus Dispatch to take a look at what that means for the Big Ten.

The Dispatch was also one of the media outlets at Ohio State's Sunday camp, prompting Tim May to write this feature about Buckeye recruits meeting up.

Moving west to Dayton, that city's Daily News features a column by Tom Archdeacon that includes positive details about a basketball camp held in the Gem City by native Daequan Cook, a former Buckeye men's cager.

The DDN also says former Buckeye center and Gem City area native Nick Mangold is practicing with the New York Jets despite concerns about his contract status.

Finally, some news about Ohio State baseball. Yesterday, Ball State baseball coach Greg Beals told a newspaper in Indiana that he's in the running for the Buckeyes' head coaching vacancy.

This one is a couple of days old, but Ohio State baseball recruit and New York Yankees draft pick Josh Dezse, a pitcher from Powell (Ohio) Olentangy Liberty, sits down with PinstripesPlus.com, a fellow member of the Scout network.

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